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Divineguma sees massive development

Boost for vegetable, fruit production:

A massive development in the vegetable, fruit, coconut and inter crops cultivation sectors, as well as livestock, fisheries and cottage industrial sectors are envisaged under the Divineguma, project first round being implemented throughout the country, said Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa.


Minister
Basil Rajapaksa

One million domestic economic units will be launched under this programme launched countrywide to uplift the nutrition and income levels of the family in particular, he said. Minister Rajapaksa said vegetable and fruit production will be increased almost by 25 percent under this programme.

This has increased produce and will help increase the consumption level of the families.

Currently the percapita annual consumption of vegetables is 49 kilogrammes which roughly worked out to 134 grammes daily. Under the Divineguma, it is expected to raise the daily consumption level to 175 grammes. The total value of the annual vegetable production which will accrue to the country is estimated at Rs 15 billion, he said.

The minister said vegetable seeds and fertilizer have already been supplied to a major part of domestic economic units. The total number of vegetable seed and fertilizer kits distributed throughout the country by June 10 amounted to 987,416. It is also expected to distribute two million coconut seedlings this year. While plans are afoot to distribute 200,000 chicks, 5,000 (cattle) calves, and 5,000 (goat) calves.

It is also expected to establish 20,000 plots with protective netting to set up nurseries.

The minister said a large number of projects costing Rs 130 million will be implemented through 14 sectors to develop the fisheries industry this year.

The Divineguma project had been a colossal success because it is the first national development project involving a majority of people in the country, he added.

 

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